Five tips on how to survive during long flights
There is something about long hours flight that we all have learned to hate, here I will be giving you some tips on how to survive long hours flights, or at least to make it more enjoyable.
Wear comfortable clothes
The temperature on a plane is rarely suitable for everyone. You might be freezing, while the person a few rows away find it too warm. You never know, so it’s best to be prepared. Wear comfortable clothes on a long flight and pack some layers so that you can adjust as the temperature changes on the plane. Pack some cosy socks, too, but don’t go into the bathroom in just your sock feet – put your shoes on!
Load up your devices
Before you board your flight, make sure that your devices (tablet, laptop, smartphone, e-reader) are loaded up with games, movies, television shows, music, books, and the airline’s app just in case that’s how they stream their entertainment.
Bringing earplugs is self-explanatory and is essential for a good night’s sleep. If you forget them, chances are the flight attendant will have an extra pair.
If you’re planning to sleep, make sure your fastened seat belt is visible over your clothing or blanket. That way, the flight attendants won’t have to wake you when they do their safety checks if the seat belt sign goes on. If your seat belt is visibly fastened, they won’t disturb you.
Don’t forget your eye mask
Eye masks help you create an ideal sleeping environment by blocking out all the light. Instead of using the cheap, scratchy eye masks that the airlines sometimes pass out on long flights, I bring my fluffy one. I might look silly in it, but it feels so good and does the trick. Mine is made by Lewis & Clarke and is $10 on Amazon.com.
One of the hidden joys of flying that some people don’t discover is the power of talking to new people. If you open up to the opportunity, this can be a great time to chat to fascinating individuals. Your fellow passengers may well be like-minded – after all – you are all choosing to visit the same destination. So, turn to your neighbor and introduce yourself!